Tis the season to be cooking…

Confession: I have way more cookbooks than I need.

What can I say? I have gotten rid of many, and still have 15 of them.

There are those I use frequently, the old standbys–and there are those I hardly look at. Several from dear friends. Multiple church cookbooks, special for regional flavor. Some with beautiful full-color photos on every page, fun to browse. Some full of typos, quaint phrasing, and lame poetry.

Here are five of my favorites, and why I like them:

[amazon_link id=”0836136977″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Mennonite Country-Style Recipes and Kitchen Secrets[/amazon_link]

Esther H. Shank

  • My go-to book always
  • Simple ingredients
  • Perfect layout—attention to detail, easy to read and follow
  • Covers the full gamut of kitchen experience—a recipe for everything
  • Additional cooking, cleaning, and canning tips

[amazon_link id=”156148685X” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook: feasting with your slow cooker[/amazon_link]

Dawn J. Ranck & Phyllis Pellman Good

  • How to make anything and everything via crock pot
  • Indexed by ingredient—easy to use what you have on hand

 

 

[amazon_link id=”B005FAG81K” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Practical Produce Cookbook[/amazon_link]

Ray & Elsie Hoover

  • Contains a wealth of information on garden produce, organized by vegetable
  • Detailed specs on how to grow it, eat it, cook it, preserve it, store it—a superbly helpful summertime guide
  • Includes creatively non-traditional recipes as well as the old standbys.

[amazon_link id=”014311817X” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Jan Karon’s Mitford Cookbook & Kitchen Reader[/amazon_link]

Jan Karon & Martha McIntosh

  • An all-around fun book to display in your kitchen
  • Contains snippets from the Mitford series, and recipes for foods mentioned in the books
  • Not a go-to book, more the kind you’d curl up with on a chilly day
  • Recipes for good old Southern cooking—coconut cake, chicken and dumplings, summer squash casserole, deep-dish apple pie.

[amazon_link id=”B000J289M0″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Mennonite Community Cookbook[/amazon_link]

  • An oldie goldie, compiled from Mennonite communities all over the United States and Canada by EMU graduate Mary Emma Showalter.
  • For me, this is a book rich with legacy and history. Contains old recipes such as Apple Grunt, Hasty Pudding, and Pickled Pigs Feet, and stories about “how Grandmother did it in her day.”
  • Again, more to treasure than to go-to, though it contains a few must-have recipes like Corn Fritters and Barbecued Hamburger.

I still want to find a really good kids’ cookbook. Any suggestions? I have one from Betty Crocker en route.

What other cookbooks do you like?

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Mom Coblentz
11 years ago

Have you forgotten the one you used as a kid? Betty Crocker’s Cook Book for Boys and Girls. I guess it’s up for grabs…depends on who grabs fastest…you or your sister. 🙂

11 years ago
Reply to  Mom Coblentz

Hah! That’s very funny! Guess who’s gonna be fighting at Thanksgiving…

Lauretta
11 years ago

Basics & More. Sorta fills in the gaps of Esther Shank’s and Mennonite Community for me. And sometime I want the Farmhouse cookbook, to fill yet a couple more holes. 🙂 An uncle’s wife recommended E Shank’s for children when we were young-it’s broken nicely into sections, with instructions for each…

twila
11 years ago

Esther Shank’s is my all time favorite, too!

JessicaD
11 years ago

Basics and More, Pioneer Woman

11 years ago

I like Pioneer Woman’s cookbooks because they have great photography and the recipes are good and pretty easy. Funny you posted this because last night I went through and weeded a lot of my cookbooks. I just don’t have the room, but I still seem to have plenty. I like cookbooks that are unique in some way, like really old, or cultural, or like our church cookbook just full of everybody’s favorites.

11 years ago

I love the Mennonite Community Cookbook. I have my grandma’s copy. The Farmhouse cookbook is on my mental wishlist too. My mom had Basics and More, and that’s a great one.

Admin
11 years ago

I had a neat little sticky note with instructions how to make mac-n-cheese. It worked great. I liked it so well I kissed the author when she came home.

Mama Zook
11 years ago
Reply to  The Boss

I’m glad to hear that you are using your culinary expertise!! And a kiss is great payment!

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